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Connie McCarthy
Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.


Vacation Fun, No Reservations Required!

Feb 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

School vacation can be a great time for family fun. Here are some simple ways to keep young children productively engaged, using all five senses (note that these activities can be enjoyed either at home or away on vacation): ... Read more
This Valentine’s Day, Keep Sugar Levels Low and Math Levels High

Feb 11, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Young students love Valentine’s Day and all the treats that go with it. This year try something different. Instead of letting your child eat those small Conversation Hearts, use them for some easy, fun, and colorful mat... Read more
In Praise of the Average Reading Student

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I’m writing this week in support and recognition of all the wonderful young students who fall into the under appreciated category of “average” when it comes to their reading.   Average means that a chil... Read more
5 Ways to Help Your Advanced Reader

Jan 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

  Last week I wrote about struggling young readers, and offered some strategies to help these children succeed.  But, what if your child is an above-level reader?  How do you keep an advanced reader challenged ... Read more
What If My Child Isn't Reading As Well As His Friends?

Jan 23, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often, when parents hear that other children their child’s age are reading higher-level books, they have concerns about their own child’s progress.    There may be several reasons why your child isn&rsqu... Read more
Start Using Those S.A.T. Vocabulary Words Early

Jan 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, College

We were recently visiting a family friend, a young woman who's a great young mom with two active preschool children. It was impressive to hear her speak and explain things to her son and daughter. I complimented her on her gr... Read more
Make an Easy “Flap Book” to Increase Reading Comprehension

Jan 09, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

A “Flap Book” is a great way to get your child thinking about a story in a logical, sequential way. After reading a simple story together, enhance your young child’s comprehension by helping her make one. &... Read more
3 Activities to Help Your Child Become a Better Math Student in 2012

Jan 02, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Connecting math to everyday life makes math real and purposeful for your child. Here are 3 easy activities to help your young child improve their math skills in the New Year: Make math “tasty.” Cook a simple reci... Read more
Use This Week To Ease Your Children into January’s Increased Academics

Dec 26, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the early grades, January is traditionally a time when schoolwork accelerates. Young students have been steadily building on skills since the start of the school year. They have also been learning the various routines of t... Read more
Simple, Last-Minute, Stocking Stuffers for Fun and Learning

Dec 19, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Surprise your young child this holiday season with some simple and inexpensive items as stocking stuffers or small gifts that will delight their curiosity and enhance “hands-on” learning. Remember the delicious ch... Read more